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Myofascial Release Techniques
Active Release Technique (ART), Myofascial Release Techniques (MRT), Instrument Assisted Release Technique (IART), Groston Technique are all methods used to treat injuries of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and fascia, otherwise known as “soft tissue injuries.”
In our clinic, we use a variety of methods to address the soft tissue component of an injury.
We offer manual ART, MRT, as well as IART with the use of motorized G-5 DeepTissue massager, Rapid Release Technology instrument, and the IMPAC Percussor instrument. We will refer to all of these methods as MRT.
Professional athletes and Professional HealthCare Practitioners have been using these various methods of MRT for years to treat various soft tissue conditions, however most people suffering from pain or an injury (whether acute or chronic) will benefit from these soft tissues therapies.
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How do Myofascial Release Techniques work?
MRT most commonly addresses tissues and structures that have been overused or over-stressed. This can happen from repetitive movements, holding a position for a long period of time or acute injuries (such as a muscle pull or tear). Your body’s natural response to these types of injuries is to produce tough, fibrous scar tissue which restricts the proper movement and elasticity of the tissues.
Over time, this scar tissue builds up in the affected soft tissues, reducing blood circulation and causing the muscles to become tight and weak. Your joint motion also becomes altered and nerves may get pinched or trapped. This leads to symptoms such as pain, reduced range of motion and loss of strength. When nerves are involved, you may also experience numbness and/or tingling.
MRT treatments increase blood circulation to injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. This increased blood flow will help open the channels for the healing cells to access the injured tissues, break up the scar tissue, reduce inflammation and pain, and allow your body to heal those areas naturally.
What are the benefits of having Myofascial Release Techniques treatments?
o Decreases pain (acute and chronic)
o Restores normal mobility
o Reduces risk of future injury
o Activates the natural healing process
o Promotes healing and restores mobility after surgery
What is the treatment like?
During each of your treatment sessions, we will assess the texture and tightness of the soft tissues that have been affected. Precisely directed tension will be placed on the involved tissues during specific client movement, reducing unwanted scar tissue to restore mobility and allow your body to heal naturally.
To perform Myofascial Release we can use our hands, The Rapid Release Technology Tool, The Percussor, The G-5